Chris Dunlavy examines the career of Birmingham’s Paul Robinson
Born: Watford, 1978 (Age 38) A left-back, Robinson made his Watford debut, aged 17, in October 1996. He made 252 appearances for the Hornets, scoring nine goals and winning promotion to the Premier League in 1999.
With Watford in financial difficulty, he was sold to West Brom for £350,000 in 2003 and won promotion to the top flight in his first campaign. During his time at the Hawthorns, West Brom rejected bids of £1.4m from Watford and £1.7m from Wigan, with Robinson eventually clocking
up 235 games in six seasons with the Baggies.
Following relegation to the Championship in 2009, Robinson made a £1m switch to Bolton and played
a further 77 Premier League games, also reaching the semi-finals of the 2011 FA Cup.
Relegation and release in 2012 led to Robinson playing ten games for Leeds, then trialling at Toronto, before second-tier Birmingham made a firm offer. He has since played 142 games for the Blues, scoring four goals.